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Glen Burnie, Maryland
April 13, 2005
The unit: Well, we were in the older section, Phase 2, and we had a two-bedroom with two full baths. The unit was huge. The furniture was a bit outdated and worn (i.e. two of the chairs had holes in the vinyl), but the rest of the room was in excellent order. The decor was cheery, and you had plenty of room to move around. You had a separate eating area and a breakfast bar, washer/dryer, and stocked kitchen. The master bed was large, with a king-size bed, full closet, shutters, and private sliding glass door opening onto the patio. There is also an entrance to the patio from the living room area and the second bedroom. The windows are all covered with tasteful shutters. The bathrooms were huge, with separate rooms for the toilet, and each had two sinks in them, with tasteful ceramic counters in the kitchen and bathrooms. The master bath has an enclosed soaking tub with a showerhead and two sinks on opposite walls. The second bathroom doesn’t have a tub, only a shower, but it is a huge shower with a built-in ceramic bench.
From journal Escodido/San Diego at Lawrence Welk Resort
New River, Arizona
September 5, 2005
From journal A Week at Welk
June 22, 2004
From journal Villas
by just reg
July 6, 2003
The resort has multiple pools, spas, exercise facilities. We took advantage of these daily. It has two golf courses, a clubhouse and it includes the nostalgia of the Lawrence Welk Theater. The premises has some specialty shops, a mini-market (we preferred the four-mile drive to the local grocery store), and a gas station.
Although this resort is inland and just outside of the major cities, it has easy access to so many spots. Of course, if you want to merely relax, just stay at the resort and relax by the pool. Do check with the concierge for day trips the resort offers this is a good alternative if you do not want to drive.
Overall this was a very enjoyable vacation spot.
From journal Warmth of the sun after a tough winter
February 28, 2004
Little did we know that the resort was planned for families. Yes, there is plenty to do if you are an older couple that religiously watched the Lawrence Welk Show TV program every Sunday evening. This fantastic resort brings generations of families together. If you are looking for activities, the resort has many special events planned from teen dances to ball room dancing, a pool for kids to a swimming pool for adults only, water aerobics to personal fitness center, golf lessons, crafts for children and adults, chartered trips to Tijuana and other close locations, etc. There is even a small theater that hosts a variety of old Broadway plays. Other resort amenities include restaurants, gift and clothing boutiques, and tennis courts.
Our two units were next to each other, which was very convenient for meal preparation and spending time together. The floor plan was spacious and methodically planned for family living. The center of the unit was a great room: living room, dining area, large kitchen, and patio or balcony. There was a large round table that we could easily squeeze in seven people for a meal or even all nine of us for playing games after dinner. The kitchen was very open with a small breakfast counter; it was large enough for three females to be in the kitchen working at once. The kitchen was fully equipped with all the basics most cooks could possibly use for meal preparation. In addition to the kitchen, there was a gas barbeque area just across the street with patio furniture for outdoor cooking.
The master suite was beautiful, a comfy king-sized bed, desk, dresser, closet, and large walk-in bathroom. The other suite in each unit was about the same size but had twin beds instead of the king-sized bed. It also had a walk-in bathroom that would pamper a princess. Our preteen girls played beauty parlor for hours in the spacious mirrored-walled bathrooms.
The men and boys utterly enjoyed the two golf courses at the resort. One was a par three while the other is a standard course designed by David Rainville with a 3.5-star PGA rating. Both courses required our guys to wear collared shirts. The smaller course was an excellent bonding experience for our boys with their dads learning to play the game.
Escondido is about a half hour’s drive into San Diego. San Diego has many wonderful public beaches and tourist attractions. If your family is headed to San Diego for a vacation, look into the Welk Resort, you will be impressed.
From journal A1..AN A2...
September 17, 2003
The kitchen area was large and well-stocked with utensils and the appliances were either new or in excellent shape. The dining area featured a round table and 4 chairs. The living area contained a sleep sofa, love seat, chair, and 25 inch TV. Since we had 2 bedrooms we didn't need to try the sleep sofa so we can't comment on its comfort. Beyond the living area was a very large deck with room for a round table and chairs as well as two lounge chairs. Ours was in shade most of the day which made it a very comfortable place to enjoy breakfast and to relax and read. At breakfast each morning, I was joined by a barn owl that eyed me from a safe distance in the rafters of the deck in the unit next door (which was vacant).
The bedrooms were good sized with plenty of closet space. The master bedroom has a king bed and the other has two twins. The beds were very comfortable although I can't say the same for the pillows - you might want to bring your own. Each room has a 19 inch TV - channel selection is excellent with plenty for kids and adults, including HBO. Bathrooms are very large with double sinks, a soaking tub/shower combination in the master and a large shower in the other, and separate private toilets.
Some minor complaints: the kitchen cabinets showed a little wear, one dining room chair had a partially broken frame, one of the TV remotes didn't work, and a wooden beam on the deck was showing some dry rot. While the master bedroom had plenty of closet space there was no dresser and the armoire had no drawers like the one in the other bedroom. Although the villa was generally well prepared for us, we found a ball and a book under the beds from the previous guests and a piece of broken glass in the entryway.
From journal Hot and Bothered at the Lawrence Welk Resort
We checked in on a Friday afternoon about a half hour early to beat the rush. We were greeted by a friendly older woman who offered us a piece of candy and inquired where we were from while we waited for the next desk clerk. Check in was smooth and quick. Since we were early we wandered the "shopping plaza" for a half hour until our room was ready. The village consists of a gift store, a clothing store, a small market, and a deli/pizza restaurant. I'm guessing the target demographic for the gift store and clothing store is not the one I'm currently in although I guess it gives me something to look forward to. Is one of the symptoms of advancing years the desire to buy a straw hat and a loud polyester shirt? If so, they got 'em! The market had the basics and also featured an ice cream and fudge shoppe, but the prices were a little steep. It was an OK place to buy a newspaper or a bottle of soda, but better to do your grocery shopping for the week at Safeway about 6 miles down the road.
A quick comment about the employees at the resort: We found all of the older employees to be exceedingly friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. The younger employees were decidedly the opposite -- maybe they were upset that their parents made them get a job, at the Lawrence Welk Resort no less! The domestic help is all Hispanic and while there is nothing wrong with that, my wife, who speaks some Spanish, had difficulty communicating with the maid to tell her that our son was still sleeping when she came to clean our villa.
The two story villas are divided into three sections: Broadway Hill, Melody Hill, and Harmony Hill. There is also a new section in varying phases of construction and completion called Villas on the Green (this is where the timeshare selling activity is – we declined their invitation for a tour). The original hotel is also on the site and is next to the well-known Mr. W’s Restaurant. Each villa section has its own swimming pool and spa. Broadway Hill and Harmony Hill have recreation rooms with two pool tables, two ping pong tables, and other activities. Melody Hill (where we were) has an exercise room, two tennis courts, and a sauna. The pool at Melody Hill is adults-only until 2 pm.
See Part 2 for information about the villa interior.
St. Paul, Minnesota
October 13, 2002
The proprieters live right in the hotel, on the main floor. They were very helpful and assisted us in selecting a restaurant and gave advice on what to do in Thunder Bay the next day.
From journal Autumn on Minnesota's North Shore -- Lake Superior
Hoboken, New Jersey
May 1, 2001
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June 27, 2007
From journal San Diego Vacation